Why are there two ways of the conjugation of some verbs? For example "provvedere" shown in the dictionary. Is the red one more commonly used?

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    The red colour seems to me to indicate that the conjugation form is irregular.
    – Charo
    Aug 31 '20 at 5:43
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    That said, your question is not completely clear to me. What exactly are you expecting to see in an answer?
    – Charo
    Aug 31 '20 at 8:55
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    The verb provvedere is a composite of pro and vedere. The conjugation of vedere has the same peculiarities. However veggo, veggono and vidente are antiquated and no longer common; veduto and visto alternate. On the other hand provvisto is commonly used only as an adjective and the past tenses are formed with provveduto.
    – egreg
    Aug 31 '20 at 14:12
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    Well, the question clearly asks “why” so I guess it is an etymological issue.
    – Hachi
    Aug 31 '20 at 18:13
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    Thank you, everyone! Sorry for not expressing my question clearly. I got curious about etymology things when I was looking it up in the dictionary. I was wondering if there might be some explanations about that. Is there a kind of verbs more likely to have two forms of participles? Perhaps, I'm just guessing, the older version may follow some regulations of pronunciation and the newer version is more and more commonly used simply because it's easier to remember the regular ones?
    – smartsheep
    Sep 1 '20 at 1:14

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